Natureworks offers a wide range of containers for the plants that we sell. Today’s gardeners don’t limit themselves to just planting in beds and borders any more! In addition, planting in containers of all materials, shapes, and sizes enables everyone to expand their gardens to decks, patios, porches, terraces, and all sorts of indoor spaces.
Glazed ceramic pottery represents one of our most popular lines. We seek out high quality glazed pots from all over the world. Along with containers made in the United States, Natureworks offers a diverse collection from Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, China, Italy, and other countries from around the globe. Classic colors such as cobalt blue are displayed along side the trendy colors of the season such as lime green or aquamarine. Not only do we carry standard shapes, we also feature unusual designs such as sea shells, long and tall vases, and low bowls and urns.
Here are a few tips when planting and displaying our ceramic pots:
1. Ceramic pots should NOT be left outside filled with soil during CT winters. The soil takes on water, then alternately freezes and thaws as the temperature fluctuates. This causes the soil to expand and crack the pot! ALWAYS EMPTY CERAMIC POTS before the first deep freeze. If you want to leave them outside, be sure the drainage hole is open and the container is slightly raised off of the ground with pot risers or bricks to assure that water flows freely. If you want to stud your ceramic pots with evergreens, stuff them with crushed chicken wire to hold up the branches.
2. Mexican pottery is fired at a lower temperature and should NOT be left outside during the winter.
3. Consider designing with a color theme in mind. If you love cobalt blue, use one large urn as an accent piece in your garden. Then, purchase 3 cobalt blue ceramic containers, in various sizes, and create a grouping on your deck. Think one tall, narrow pot, a medium sized traditional pot, and a low bowl.
4. Some colors may be too strong to use in great numbers. Sunny yellow or glowing orange containers add a major accent to your displays. Try matching up deep blue annuals such as Salvia or petunias in an orange container- it simply screams “look at me”.
Natureworks also stocks containers that are made from rigid plastic, reinforced fiberglass, and various composite materials. The benefits of these pots are that they are light weight, weatherproof, and can be left outside during the winter months with the soil inside. Thus, they can be planted with evergreens for winter interest. Modern manufacturing methods have improved dramatically, making these containers attractive and viable options for those unable to handle or unwilling to deal with ceramic pottery.
Another popular option for container gardening is to plant into metal hanging baskets, hayracks, and other planters lined with coconut fiber. The benefit of this system is that oxygen flows freely through the root systems, thus enhancing root health. Coco fiber is a strong, attractive, and easy to work with alternative to sphagnum moss. It is also a sustainable alternative as it is a natural byproduct of the coconut industry.
Lately, many new options for container gardening have been created. Smart Pots are fabric bags that are ideal for tomatoes and potatoes. Instead of planting potatoes in the ground and then digging them up with a pitch fork and risking damaging them, simply dump out the bag! Biodegradable pots made of rice hulls, corn, and other natural materials are becoming very popular as more and more gardeners strive to reduce plastic waste.
Terra cotta or clay pots are still a wonderful container choice, especially for herbs, houseplants, orchids, and top heavy plants such as Amaryllis. Terra cotta allows the roots of the plants to breathe as oxygen flows freely through the pores of the natural clay.